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Question Strange Tail Light Problem - 1985 GL1200LTD

I've had this bike going on 6 years now. When I first got it the tail light indicator light would come on, along with no tail lights, once every three or four times I'd start it. After a couple of weeks the problem solved itself some way and never occurred again for all this time. Now this problem has begun again after my bike sat unused for a number of months except now it is happening every time I turn the ignition key and/or start it. The headlight works properly as do the front and rear turn signals. I checked the fuse and it's OK. Any thoughts on what is causing this and how to resolve it?


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Make sure everything is plugged in correctly and the couplings are all clean.
I had a plug that one of the pins in it had loosened up and would no longer meet with the mating plug.

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Is it all of them or just the ones on the saddlebags or on the trunk that are out?

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Make sure everything is plugged in correctly and the couplings are all clean.
I had a plug that one of the pins in it had loosened up and would no longer meet with the mating plug.
Thanks Dennis. I'll check that out. Sorry for the delayed reply. My internet service provider has been having problems.


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Is it all of them or just the ones on the saddlebags or on the trunk that are out?
It's all of them. If it was just one set or the other I'd consider running a jumper between the two sets.


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It's all of them. If it was just one set or the other I'd consider running a jumper between the two sets.
Not a good idea. Odd since they come from 2 different sources. Do the brake and turn signals work?

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I know this is an older post but i have the same issue with my 85 ltd? my issue seems to be the same as described above one time i turn on the switch and get a glowing "Tail Lights" indicator on the dash and i noticed my dash lights are also not functional when this happens, and as of now it is happening all of the time, which means i have no rear lights with the exception of the brake and turn signals. I have unplugged the many many connectors under and around the seat and this has had no change.

Is there a main ground for the console or beak that needs to be looked at?

I have completed my version of the poorboy alternator and that works really well and does not cook my leg like the stator did and i have all the power i need for my farkels, Now if i can get my tail lights working again i will be a happy camper
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There is one ground point for the '85 LTD, a boss welded to the frame, left side, just forward of where the regulator/rectifier unit is/was, and of course the ground between battery and engine.

If you are having this issue, check the plug connections that are under the seat on the left side. My indicator comes on when I turn the key on and the saddlebags are not plugged into the system.

I have also installed a new ground bus for new device installs, and for issues like this so I can redirect the grounds.

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I know this is an older post but i have the same issue with my 85 ltd? my issue seems to be the same as described above one time i turn on the switch and get a glowing "Tail Lights" indicator on the dash and i noticed my dash lights are also not functional when this happens, and as of now it is happening all of the time, which means i have no rear lights with the exception of the brake and turn signals. I have unplugged the many many connectors under and around the seat and this has had no change.

Is there a main ground for the console or beak that needs to be looked at?

I have completed my version of the poorboy alternator and that works really well and does not cook my leg like the stator did and i have all the power i need for my farkels, Now if i can get my tail lights working again i will be a happy camper
Do the tail lights work if you turn the ignition switch to park?

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Do the tail lights work if you turn the ignition switch to park?
Dave is probably closest here. The tail lights and consequently the tail/stop sensor derive their power directly off the ignition switch. Check for power at the tail lamp sensor on the incoming brown wire. Then on the outgoing. The sensor may also be faulty. (I know I shouldn't use that word.....) I'm sure we've never had a problem with an ignition switch.......the main connector for the ignition switch may also be compromised.

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